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Beware of Mineral and Vitamin Deficiencies

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Wednesday, 04 Feb 2015 04:34 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the modern world, with so much food readily available at grocery stores, one would think that mineral deficiencies would be uncommon.
 
However, much of the food available, particularly refined food, is sorely lacking in minerals. In fact, our soil has become mineral deficient due to over-farming and the overuse of pesticides and herbicides. I frequently diagnose mineral deficiencies in my patients.
 
Soy contains a large amount of phytates (including phytic acid). Phytates are the most common form of phosphorus found in plants.
 
Research has shown that phytic acid reduces the absorption of minerals in the body, including:
 
• Calcium
 
• Copper
 
• Magnesium
 
• Iron
 
• Zinc
 
Of course, all legumes (such as nuts, peas, and beans) contain phytic acid. However, the fermentation process in soy neutralizes much of it.
 
Patients who eat fermented soy products have few if any problems with low mineral levels compared to those who regularly eat soy.
 
Another health issue that is affecting a large percentage of the population is vitamin B12 deficiency. Human beings cannot manufacture this essential nutrient in our bodies; we have to get it from our diet.
 
B12 is produced from bacteria. It is found in animal products only; plant products do not contain B12. Meat, eggs, poultry and dairy are food sources of vitamin B12.
 
Soy contains vitamin B12 analogs — substances similar to B12. But these vitamin B12 analogs are not absorbed, and actually increase the body’s need for vitamin B12.
 
B12 deficiency can manifest as a neurological disorder, fatigue, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia.

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